5 Myths + 5 Truths About Christians, Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are both on the rise, and they are the two leading mental health issues affecting the American population. But even as their prevalence increases, there remains consequential stereotypes around anxiety and depression — especially within faith communities.

Here are 5 myths and 5 truths about Christians, anxiety and depression.

5 Myths About Christians, Anxiety and Depression

  1. Christians don't get depressed or anxious.
  2. If a Christian is anxious or depressed, there is something wrong with that person's faith.
  3. Taking medication for anxiety and depression is a sin.
  4. Jesus, not professional help, is the answer.
  5. Anxiety and depression point to a sin in someone's life.

 

5 Universal Truths About Christians, Anxiety and Depression

  1. Many Christians live with anxiety and depression.
  2. Anxiety and depression can be used as tools for personal growth.
  3. Having a safe place to share unhealthy thoughts is an important part of the healing process.
  4. Spiritual resources can help teach people how to live peaceful and calm lives.
  5. Medication can be helpful in dealing with the physiological issues of mental health concerns.

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